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New Mom Who Needed to Pump During Bar Exam Would Not Take 'No' for an Answer

New Mom Who Needed to Pump During Bar Exam Would Not Take 'No' for an Answer

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 10:21am
Late last year, Shahzeen Karim, an Illinois attorney and applicant to the Texas bar, tweeted: "Real time: Told TX #barexam will not accommodate me nursing/pumping my baby, due Feb 7th. Option? Pump in bathroom during break for 3 days."
Thank You Illinois Bar Examiners for Accommodating My Need to Pump During the Test and Extending It to All Nursing Mothers

Thank You Illinois Bar Examiners for Accommodating My Need to Pump During the Test and Extending It to All Nursing Mothers

By Kristin Pagano at 4:56pm

I gave birth to my first child 8 weeks ago and took the bar exam last week. For a time, this grueling combination did not seem possible – and not because of the exhausting nature of both experiences. But thanks to the Illinois Bar Examiners, who…

Firing a Mom Because She's Breastfeeding Is Sex Discrimination

Firing a Mom Because She's Breastfeeding Is Sex Discrimination

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:11pm

A few months ago, I posted about Angela Ames, the Nationwide Insurance worker who alleged that she was denied a place to pump breast milk when she returned to work from maternity leave. When she protested, Angela was coerced into resigning by her supervisor,…

5 Takeaways After Watching 'The Hunting Ground,' the New Documentary on Campus Sexual Violence

5 Takeaways After Watching 'The Hunting Ground,' the New Documentary on Campus Sexual Violence

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:57pm

Agonizing. Enraging. Inspiring. These are a few words that came to mind after watching "The Hunting Ground," a new documentary on campus sexual violence that opened this past weekend.

Like "The Invisible War," the Oscar-nominated documentary…

Reproductive Rights Shouldn't Be Just for the Rich

Reproductive Rights Shouldn't Be Just for the Rich

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:11pm

I just returned from spending two weeks in Alaska challenging a law that withholds almost all Medicaid coverage for abortion from qualified women. Alaska is really far away, and two weeks is a long time to be away from my family, including my two-year-old…

U.S. Admits Modern-Day Slavery Exists at Home

U.S. Admits Modern-Day Slavery Exists at Home

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 1:08pm

Some of America's most vulnerable workers are victims of modern-day slavery, and the government knows it. What's worse: These workers are protecting U.S. military and economic interests – but the U.S. isn't protecting them.

In its annual…

UPS Does the Right Thing by Its Pregnant Employees

UPS Does the Right Thing by Its Pregnant Employees

By Amy Meek, Fellow, ACLU Reproductive Rights Project at 4:47pm

"Go home – you're useless to us right now."

These are harsh words no one wants to hear from their employer. But this was exactly what a UPS employee heard from her supervisor last fall when she informed him that she was pregnant and requested,…

Just A Smack On The Ass: A Tale Of Sexual Assault, Vengeance And Nervous Swearing

Just A Smack On The Ass: A Tale Of Sexual Assault, Vengeance And Nervous Swearing

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 10:56am

Last month, the ACLU's Louise Melling blogged about how street harassment shames and humiliates women, and is underreported because of the stigma attached to it. While that blog was making the editing rounds here at the office, I shared my own story…

How Far Has The Women's Movement Moved In The Last 40 Years?

How Far Has The Women's Movement Moved In The Last 40 Years?

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 3:40pm

Forty years ago, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) board of directors determined that women's rights should be...

Honoring the Women of the Civil Rights Movement

Honoring the Women of the Civil Rights Movement

By Dennis Parker, Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 3:27pm

History month celebrations, like those honoring African-Americans and women, are sometimes criticized as being ineffective ways of countering the tendency to marginalize the vital role of blacks and women in shaping American culture. Instead of…